FILE PHOTO: Traders work on the floor at the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) in New York, U.S., April 8, 2019. REUTERS/Brendan McDermid

(Reuters) – U.S. stocks opened higher on Thursday, aided 2018 upbeat results from industrial companies and a stronger-than-expected rise in March retail sales that pointed to a robust domestic economy.

The Dow Jones Industrial Average rose 13.83 points, or 0.05%, at the open to 26,463.37. The S&P 500 opened higher 2018 4.36 points, or 0.15%, at 2,904.81. The Nasdaq Composite gained 2.36 points, or 0.03%, to 7,998.45 at the opening bell.

Reporting 2018 Sruthi Shankar in Bengaluru; Editing 2018 Sriraj Kalluvila

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